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Yahoo!'s telecommute policy (was Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ))
Subject:Yahoo!'s telecommute policy (was Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )) From:Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:"Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, 'Anne Robotti' <arobotti -at- gmail -dot- com>, 'TECHWR-L' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:35:16 -0800 (PST)
Irony squared and cubed. The CEO of a 21st century electronic company which makes money by enabling people to find things and take actions over the internet, insisting on enforcing a process control model straight out of the 1940s.
I think it's likely that she is doing this because she is <i>hoping</i> it will cause a lot of people to jump ship. She got the job by promising she'd make the company's margins better. One way to make the numbers look better is to cut the head count. This way she gets the same effect as a mass layoff without the bad publicity that a mass layoff would cause. There will be some badmouthing from workers, of course, but it won't be the same scope and this way of downsizing is less likely to get the stock analysts worked up.
> Marissa Mayer's Work-From-Home Ban Is The Exact Opposite Of What CEOs
> Should Be Doing
> The CEO of Yahoo!, who made news when she took the position last
> summer while five months pregnant, announced through the company's
> human resources arm yesterday that employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely.
> "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," says
> the memo from HR director Jackie Reses, and reprinted by Kara Swisher
> on allthingsd.com last night. "We need to be one Yahoo!, and that
> starts with physically being together."
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